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Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Emer O'Sullivan


Sherlock Holmes. From Victorian Detective to Pop Cultural Icon (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 14.10.2019 - 31.01.2020 | C 5.325

Inhalt: Sherlock Holmes is doubtlessly the most famous and popular detective literature has ever produced. First appearing in the story A Study in Scarlet, in 1887 and subsequently featuring in four novels and 56 short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, he has since been adapted into every possible medium, as well as being the subject of countless prequels and sequels. In this seminar we will engage with the Victorian Sherlock Homes and the beginnings of the detective genre, looking at the images of modernity and modern science the stories present as well as the role of gender and race in them. We will look at a selection from the vast number of adaptations– including the film about the aged detective, Mr. Holmes (2015) and, of course, the BBC series „Sherlock“ (with Benedict Cumberbatch) which not only refers to the canon but takes different elements from it, transports them into our digital age and gives them a new, postmodern, twist. In the seminar we will engage with theories of adaptation and intertextuality and will ultimately try to identify the reasons for the perennial popularity of this iconic figure.

Literary Topics and Texts (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 08:15 - 11:45 | 14.10.2019 - 31.01.2020 | C 5.111

Inhalt: This seminar is tailored to the needs of future teachers at Berufsbildende Schulen by focussing on canonical and other narrative, dramatic and multimodal texts from the school curricula. It provides a firm grounding in theoretical and analytical approaches, addressing literary, cultural and social aspects of the texts in question. We will decide in the seminar from a range of narrative, dramatic and multimodal texts which specific ones we will focus on.

Promotionskolloquium PLG (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Steffi Hobuß, Sven Kramer, Emer O'Sullivan

Einzeltermin | Fr, 17.01.2020, 12:00 - Fr, 17.01.2020, 18:00 | intern | UC 5.214

Inhalt: Promovierende des Forschungskollegs für Philosophie, Literatur und Geschichte präsentieren ihre Projekte und erläutern sie in der folgenden Diskussion mit den Teilnehmenden des Kollegs.

The Great Gatsby: novel, films, translations (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 14.10.2019 - 31.01.2020 | C 5.111

Inhalt: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925 at the height of the ‘Roaring Twenties’, is a story about one man’s version of the American Dream. In 1999, in an end-of-the-millennium list compiled by the Modern Library, a committee of editors, writers, and scholars voted The Great Gatsby the best American novel of the 20th century, and in 2002 Book magazine’s panel of literary experts picked Jay Gatsby himself as the best fictional character since 1900. In Germany, no fewer than five new translations of the novel have been issued in 2011 and 2012, and in May 2013 the film version directed by Buz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo di Caprio was released. The seminar, consisting of three parts, will address, and try to explain, the contemporary fascination with Fitzgerald’s novel and protagonist across language and media. We will approach the novel and the films from a range of disciplines: literary studies, translation studies, film studies and adaptation studies, also history, cultural studies, music, the visual arts, popular culture, race and gender studies. In the first part we will read "The Great Gatsby" closely, paying special attention to Fitzgerald’s narrative strategies and exploring the novel’s connections to a wide range of American historical and cultural subjects of its time, such as rags to riches success stories, sports, gangsters and Prohibition, the culture of celebrity, consumer society, and changes in gender roles in the USA of the 1920s. In the second (shortest) part, we will look at the reception of "The Great Gatsby" in Germany. Starting with the first translation by Maria Lazar in 1928, through its successors of 1953, 2006, 2011 and the most recent one - the eighth - by Hans Christian Oeser (2012), we will trace the traditions of German translation and the different strategies used by translators over time and influenced both by their predecessors and the time in which the translations were undertaken. The third part of the seminar will be devoted to film adaptations of "The Great Gatsby" - especially to the 2013 Buz Luhrmann version but we will also engage with the 1974 version directed by Jack Clayton (screenplay Francis Ford Coppola, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow) and other earlier versions.

Promotionskolloquium Englische Literaturwissenschaft (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

Einzeltermin | Sa, 09.11.2019, 10:00 - Sa, 09.11.2019, 18:00 | C 5.109

Inhalt: A one day colloquium for doctoral and post-doctoral candidates writing their theses in the area of English or Comparative Literature to discuss research design and methodology questions, engage in theoretical debates, and present and critique their projects. The colloquium also offers a forum to discuss articles before submission and confernece presentations.

Picture/Books: Exploring the verbal, the visual and the material (FSL) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Viola Hildebrand-Schat, Emer O'Sullivan

Einzeltermin | Fr, 08.11.2019, 14:00 - Fr, 08.11.2019, 18:00 | C 40.501
Einzeltermin | Fr, 06.12.2019, 14:00 - Fr, 06.12.2019, 18:00 | C 40.501
Einzeltermin | Sa, 07.12.2019, 10:00 - Sa, 07.12.2019, 18:00 | C 40.501
Einzeltermin | Fr, 10.01.2020, 14:00 - Fr, 10.01.2020, 18:00 | C 40.501
Einzeltermin | Sa, 11.01.2020, 10:00 - Sa, 11.01.2020, 18:00 | C 40.501

Inhalt: Picturebooks are composite texts that usually rely for their effects on the interdependence of pictures and words. They are an exciting hybrid form because of the synergy created between text and images and because of their attractiveness for both child and adult readers. The emergence of the picturebook dates from around the mid-19th century and is connected with developments in printing technology. Since the 1960s this intermedial literary form has developed a variety of ways in which words and pictures combine to construct meaning. In this seminar we will approach picturebooks both from the perspective of literary studies looking, for instance, at narrative aspects of this hybrid form, as well as from the perspective of art history, using central methods and terminology developed in that discipline to analyse and discover the full artistic potential of the picturebook. We will look at the history and development of the picturebook, comparing it along the way to other forms such as the “artist’s book” and, through close reading, discover the different ways in which it can work. This is a team-taught seminar by two lecturers, one of whom specialises in literature (especially children's literature), the other in art history (especially artists' books and questions of materiality), in order to do full justice to the multimodal quality of the picturebook.